Almost 50 million Indian tourists will have to cancel their international travel plans this year. And that’s great for the local tourism industry.
The Covid-19 outbreak is expected to make travel within the country more attractive for Indian tourists with following protocols. “The local holiday market will boom this year as the majority of the people feel safer travelling to nearby destinations close to their homes,” said Rajnish Kumar, co-founder and chief technology officer of travel company ixigo.
Apart from feeling safe, tourists may also be attracted to local destinations given international travel currently comes with complicated quarantine protocols by governments in different countries.
It is extremely good news for India’s hotel and tourism businesses that have remained nearly shut for around four months now, as most Indians refrained from non-essential travel due to government-directed lockdowns.